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India, Pakistan reiterate promise to resolve issues arising from cross-border water sharing | Latest News India

New Delhi: India and Pakistan on Tuesday reiterated their dedication to resolve issues associated to the sharing of waters of cross-border rivers by way of discussions beneath the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960 in opposition to the backdrop of strained ties between the 2 sides.

The 118th meeting of the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC), comprising the Indus commissioners of India and Pakistan, was held in New Delhi throughout May 30-31. The Indus Waters Treaty, which was brokered by the World Bank, is likely one of the most sturdy agreements between the 2 nations and has weathered a number of ups and downs in bilateral relations.

The PIC “appreciated the commitment of the two sides to interact frequently and resolve issues through bilateral discussions under the Indus Water Treaty”, in accordance to the exterior affairs ministry. It stated the meeting was held in a “cordial manner”.

A press release issued by Pakistan’s international ministry stated a variety of water-related issues had been mentioned, together with the advance sharing of flood info and the programme of excursions and inspections.

“Pakistan also highlighted its objections on India’s hydro-electric projects on the western rivers. Response to Pakistan’s objections on Indian projects, including Pakal Dul, was also sought,” the Pakistani assertion stated.

The Indian facet was “urged to communicate advance flood-flow information as per the provisions of the Treaty and the practice in vogue since 1989 until 2018”, the assertion added.

According to the Pakistan assertion, the Indian facet stated it’ll prepare excursions and inspections after the subsequent flood season. The Indian facet additionally stated Pakistan’s excellent objections will likely be mentioned on the subsequent meeting as India continues to be within the technique of inspecting particulars, the assertion stated.

The PIC’s annual report for the year ending on March 31, 2022, was finalised and signed. The two sides agreed to maintain the PIC’s subsequent meeting in Pakistan on mutually handy dates.

The Indian delegation was led by AK Pal, the Indian commissioner for Indus waters, and the Pakistan delegation was headed by Syed Muhammad Mehar Ali Shah, the Pakistani commissioner.

Under the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty, the meeting is held alternatively in Pakistan and India yearly.

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